Removing Floor Wax From Laminate Flooring

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March 24, 2010

I recently made the mistake of using a spray wax on my laminate floor. I also used a pad that looks like sheep's wool. After the floor dried it left fiber streak marks from the pad and now I have a floor with streaks marks that won't come off. How do I remove the wax from the laminate floor without ruining the finish?


By Javier from Spring Hill, TN


December 13, 20136 found this helpful

I just spent a week trying different methods for removing the buildup on my floors. I tried the vinegar, ammonia, and mineral spirits.routines to no avail. But what did work was zep floor stripper from home depot, a plastic scraper, a rag, and a sponge. I added a little more than the recommended amount in a bucket with water, and had another bucket of fresh water with a large, clean sponge.


Wear gloves and dip the rag in the zep mixture, spread it in a small area, about 4x4. Let sit for a few minutes and use the plastic scraper, going with the grain of the laminate to scrape up the residue. Then use the sponge to wipe away the excess, squeeze it out and rinse the area twice with the water. I also used a fresh mop after finishing each room. The floors look great again. So don't give up hope.

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November 21, 20167 found this helpful

This is the BEST and ONLY solution to removing wax build up from laminate flooring! I tried so many different solutions that I found and after wasting energy and money I'm so glad I came across your method to sanity before spending lots of money on new flooring.


I can't thank you enough Kittu. ZEP floor stripper did the job quick and easy. THANK YOU!!!

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November 27, 20161 found this helpful

Heavy duty floor stripper made by ZEP says not to use on wood but doesn't specify laminate. Did you use it on your laminate?

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November 28, 20161 found this helpful

Our dark laminate flooring has a waxy coating of floor finish on it that leaves it sticky and hazy. Would you suggest using ZEP to clean it? I have never tried the product. I have tried many things and nothing works!

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December 6, 20161 found this helpful

I did use this on laminate flooring. It worked great without damaging my floors finish. Good luck!

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December 14, 20160 found this helpful

Did you use a sponge?

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December 14, 20161 found this helpful

Which one specifically did you used and did you applied it and cleaned it out with a sponge?

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February 18, 20171 found this helpful

I tried this and it worked great on my laminate that had been waxed for several years. A local cleaning company had quoted me $250/hour to strip laminate so I saved a ton of $$$$.

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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you folks for all the tips on removing the wax on laminate.I am going to try the Sprayaway. Used vinegar,but didn't do the whole job.

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July 31, 20170 found this helpful

I used it on 20 yo wilsonart laminate "wood" floors. They were so bad and had such dirty built up wax that I was using it full strength in spots. I broke up the wax with the brush end of a quickie mop so I only hand scrub stubborn spots.


Mopped up and rinsed floor twice then went over with a towel on my feet. Finished w zep high traffic polish - just one coat - they look new!!!

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November 10, 20170 found this helpful

I have tried all kinds of ways to remove wax buildup from my laminate floors .Your method using Zep floor wax stripper worked
it was tiring and took time but it really did the job Thank you

Take your time follow all steps do a little area at a time .after I poured a small ammount of Zep .on the floor I used a large sponge to spread it on the area I waited about 9 or 10 mins. then scraped the floor in the direction of the grain wiped that up and washed it with a damp rag. # did the process again it was so worth it. my bedroom


floor looks great now I need to do the rest of my floors

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June 27, 20180 found this helpful

I just brought some zip cleaner for the school we have old wax build up in a new cleaners are not doing the job

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June 30, 20180 found this helpful

What do I use to remove high gloss floor polish off laminate flooring please

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February 15, 20190 found this helpful

Finally after years of experimenting I was able to remove wax buildup and ALL residue from my floors. They look brand new. I never would have considered using a scraper on my flooring but it works like magic. Thank you for this ingenious tip!!

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February 1, 2019

How do you remove mopped on or spray wax from a laminate floor without de-laminating the finish?


February 1, 20190 found this helpful

You can soften wax with a hairdryer and scrape it off gently. Then put some vinegar in some warm water and damp mop.

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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

Vinegar and warm water work if it hasn't set. If there is a long time waxy build up you can try the technique Judy suggested. Just be very careful not to scorch the floor. Keep kids and lets out of the area while working and keep water and dryer at a distance to avoid electric shocks.


Flush the water used down the toilet unless you have a septic system. Don't do that then. Just be careful not to let the water go anywhere where kinds of animals can get to it if you dump it outside.

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June 17, 2016

I have a light color laminate floor that I used the store bought waxes on. I did not know that I should have not used those products. Now I have a brown color film on it and I need to know of a way to remove it. Any suggestion that will help will be appreciated. Thank you.


February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Some people recommend vinegar to cut the film, or a mix of baking soda and vinegar.
Hereare more instructions

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

You can spray with vinegar, wait 15 minutes, and rinse.

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April 28, 2014

My husband and I just put in brand new laminate flooring (it looks like wood, and is grey colored). My mom came to visit and tried to help by waxing our floor and "surprising" us. She used a lot of wax. The stuff she bought was meant for wood flooring. By the time we got home the wax had been on our floor for hours. I know you're never supposed to put wax on laminate.

My question is: Will waxing the floor only once do damage? Or is it okay to leave it and just never do it again. It seems like the problem is when the wax builds up, so I'm hoping this didn't do too much damage.

By Irene H.


December 7, 20170 found this helpful

As long as it looks ok, I would not worry about it and just not put it back on again. I do know of a lady who waxes her laminate all the time. It looks ok, but to me it is very slick and if liquid was spilled on it, I think it would be a fall hazard.

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December 8, 20170 found this helpful

I would contact the manufacturer of the floor or the store you bought it from to get a product that will remove the wax.

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April 2, 2009

How do I remove spilled wax from laminate wood flooring? I read the posts about removing wax from hard wood floors, but am not sure if the same would apply to laminate flooring.

Dale from London, UK


Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

Set your blow dryer temp to high and have some paper towels ready. Mop up the melted wax as the dryer melts the wax. Just keep going over and over till all the wax is gone. Good luck. (02/18/2008)

By beentheredonethat

Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

No, I don't think it's even close to the same way you'd handle real wood. You'll have to be very careful as laminates are basically just a picture of wood on top of a pressed-board type of board. On the very top is a clear sealer. The depth of quality of this sealer is what gives the laminate its grade & years of guarantee.

If it were me, I'd start by taking a plastic credit card (like one used for a grocery store, don't use your real one) & use that to scrape off most of the wax. Next with a blow dryer in one hand & a paper towel in the other, slowly heat the wax up just a bit with the blow dryer, then blot the wax up w/the paper this slowly & carefully.
If that doesn't work, you can take a 40 watt light bulb & use it to heat the wax up & blot w/a paper towel. If for some reason you remove a bit of your floors finish, most laminate floor manufacturers make a product to fix this & also to fix scrapes. Some people will just melt a crayon the same color over real wood.

* If all else fails, contact your laminate manufacturer. (02/18/2008)

By Cyinda

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March 24, 2010

We bought a home that had laminate hard wood flooring. The previous owner put Mop & Glo on them. They look good (kind of) when you first wax them, but the next day they look terrible. I have tried using ammonia with a bucket and scrub brush, but that leaves streaks. Should I rent a professional scrubber?

By Alice
from Brooksville, FL


Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

This is the only website I could find that tells how to remove wax from laminate floors. One thing this article said is not to put too much water on the floor and that is VERY important or you will ruin the floor. (04/17/2009)

By Joy

Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

I used a razor to scrape up as much as I could of the wax, and followed up with using the blow dryer and paper towel as described in other postings. Worked like a charm. (11/22/2009)

By Jackpot

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